Folkerts named CoSIDA Academic All-District for third time

By Jacob Knabel on Feb. 9, 2017 in Men's Basketball

CoSIDA Academic All-District™ selections

SEWARD, Neb. – Postseason honors figure to come pouring in for senior Chandler Folkerts. The standout post has collected Academic All-District™ recognition from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the third-straight year, as announced on Thursday (Feb. 9). Folkerts is again in the running for CoSIDA Academic All-America® recognition. He was named an Academic All-American as both a sophomore and junior.

The CoSIDA Academic All-District® Men’s Basketball Teams have been released to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. For more information about the Academic All-District™ and Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit

The Academic All-District 3 award is just the latest in a long string of honors for Folkerts. This past September, the NAIA announced Folkerts as the winner of the 2016 Emil S. Liston Scholarship Award. The Emil S. Liston award recognizes academic and athletic excellence by junior student-athletes in men’s and women’s basketball.

A native of Milford, Neb., Folkerts carries a cumulative 4.0 GPA while majoring in mathematics and physics. Named a 2015-16 NAIA honorable mention All-American, Folkerts has garnered first team all-GPAC accolades in each of the past two seasons and has also been tabbed to the NAIA All-Nebraska team by the Omaha World-Herald three times. The NAIA Scholar-Athlete took home MVP honors at the 2016 and 2017 Concordia Invitational Tournaments. Folkerts has served as a YMCA youth basketball coach, a volunteer at the Lincoln City Mission Food Pantry and is a leader within his church.

On the Concordia men’s basketball program’s all-time lists, Folkerts ranks second in rebounds (820), fourth in scoring (1,878) and fourth in blocked shots (135). As a senior, The Chanimal is averaging 18.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while shooting 69.0 percent from the floor and 77.6 percent from the free throw line.

District 3 of the College Division covers institutions in the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Academic All-District™ honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America® honorees will be selected later this month. Those teams will be announced on Feb. 22.

2016-17 academic all-district honorees
(*Academic All-American)
Chandler Folkerts, Basketball
Le’Dontrae Gooden, Football
*Hallick Lehmann, Football

2015-16 academic all-district honorees
(*Academic All-American)
*Amy Ahlers, Golf
*Stephanie Coley, Track & Field
*Chandler Folkerts, Basketball
*Hallick Lehmann, Football
Adam Meirose, Football
Becky Mueller, Basketball
*CJ Muller, Track & Field
*Kim Wood, Cross Country/Track & Field 

2014-15 academic all-district honorees
(*Academic All-American)
Amy Ahlers, Golf
*Brendan Buchanan, Soccer
Stephanie Coley, Track & Field
*Chandler Folkerts, Basketball
Jaydee Jurgensen, Baseball
Adam Meirose, Football
Bailey Morris, Basketball
*Rachel Mussell, Soccer
Shawn Rodehorst, Golf
Ben Sievert, Cross Country/Track & Field
Melissa Stine, Soccer